The Theoretical Landscape of Service Design

  • Piia RytilahtiEmail author
  • Satu Miettinen
  • Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9186)


This conference paper discusses the theoretical landscape of service design. It will illustrate how service design is situated in a discourse on design research and outline the theoretical background of this multidisciplinary approach from a constructive and generative research perspective. In this paper, the foundation for the conceptual service design framework is based on current debates in the field. Identification of the conceptual framework is based on an analysis of co-creating service design cases that were implemented at the Service Innovation Corner (SINCO) laboratory at the Faculty of Art and Design, University of Lapland. The conceptual framework presents five themes that are closely connected with service design: (1) design research, (2) value co-creation, (3) user experience, (4) learning, and (5) citizen engagement. Using the perspective of service design, this paper attempts to elucidate the effects of service design on development and innovation processes in private and public sectors.


Service design Design research Value proposition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piia Rytilahti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Satu Miettinen
    • 1
  • Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Art and DesignUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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